Insight Neurosurgery – Chiropractic care has long been known for providing back and neck pain relief, but did you know that it also plays an important part in bettering our brains? Recently, there has been growing interest in exploring how the brain responds to chiropractic adjustments.
One study found that people receiving chiropractic adjustments for issues like neck pain, headaches, and low back pain also experienced a 20% increase in brain function after only one adjustment compared to a control group that was not adjusted. Another study conducted over a three-year period using post-EEG scans to measure brainwave patterns found a notable increase in Alpha brainwave patterns, which is associated with health, healing, and relaxation.
It is important to remember that everyone responds to chiropractic adjustments differently, but here are a few ways chiropractic care can help improve brain function.
Chiropractic adjustments to the spine can positively influence neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to stimulate new neural connections and make adjustments to how it functions. When neuroplasticity is impaired, it can lead to brain fog and memory issues, difficulty with sensory processing, and even impaired motor coordination.
Blood Flow and Oxygenation
Misalignment of the spine is a common cause of restricted blood flow and oxygenation to the brain. When the brain does not receive adequate blood flow and oxygen supply, it can lead to serious issues, including fatigue, dizziness, brain fog, memory, and even stroke or other critical brain injuries.
Improved Communication Between the Body and Brain
Optimal communication between the body and brain is essential to almost every aspect of our health. Regular chiropractic adjustments are a safe and effective way to improve this relationship. When the brain and body are in sync, you are able to improve comprehension, retain more information, sleep better, and enhance your ability to make decisions.
Changes in Mood
Our mood plays an important role in how our brain functions. You’ve probably noticed that when you are stressed or upset, you are more likely to be forgetful or perform tasks inefficiently.
However, chiropractic care has been associated with stress reduction, relaxation, and improvement in mood. In fact, just one visit to a chiropractor can make a noticeable difference in mood by reducing pain and tightness in the body, improving blood flow, and releasing dopamine and serotonin (the chemicals in our body that make us feel good) in our brains.
Because problems with the spine can impact how the brain communicates with the rest of the body, there are a number of benefits you can expect from chiropractic care, including enhanced nervous system function and a reduction in pain. For more information on the benefits of chiropractic care, our services at the Insight Neuro Chiropractic Center, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.
Q: Can I visit a chiropractor if I’m not experiencing pain or other health issues?
A: Yes. People seek chiropractic care for many reasons beyond pain relief, including preventive care, mobility improvement, posture correction, and to maintain general health and wellness.
Q: Can chiropractic adjustments make my pain worse?
A: A common misconception is that chiropractic adjustments can make pain worse. Although it is typical to experience soreness or discomfort immediately after an adjustment, this is normal and part of the healing process.
Q: Can chiropractic care help me avoid surgery?
A: Yes. In many cases, chiropractic adjustments can help patients avoid surgery. Chiropractic care uses non-invasive approaches such as manual manipulations of the spine and joints to reduce pain and inflammation, allow the body to heal naturally, and even prevent further injuries.